A few days ago, GP – over at Pacific Paratrooper – mentioned that we have been following each other for a long time. I replied, saying that I made that connection through the guy I refer to as West Coast Dan, and his blog Tangential Meanderings. West Coast Dan was the first blogger I started following after I switched from writing a technical blog to this bit of nonsense. Oddly enough, as I was looking through my notes for a one-liner idea, I stumbled onto a note I made in 2018, after reading West Coast Dan’s post on Christmas Day – spoiler, it’s not a Christmas post.
It wasn’t so much Dan’s post that led me to today’s one liner, but when I made a comment about the two nuns in his story not getting a good room in Heaven (I told you, not Christmasy), I was reminded of a Christmas-ish story of my own.
Many years ago, when our daughter was attending a Catholic elementary school, the principal of the school, Sister J. asked me if I could make a few repairs at the convent. These were simple things, replace a faucet stem, unstick a garbage disposal, replace the closer on a screen door, that kind of stuff. I was happy to help.
One day, I noticed a water stain above the entrance. Sister J. said that a different Sister J’s bathroom leaked a little. Assuming it was the wax ring for the toilet, I offered to fix it. We agreed that I would make the repair between Christmas and New Year’s Day, since the nuns would all be away during that time. She actually gave me the key to the convent – think about that.
Well, the leak was way worse than either of us imagined. The tile floor was damaged, the subfloor was rotted, and previous repairs had only caused more damage. I went around town to various merchants, asking for discounts. I got a significant discount on the subfloor, and the local home center threw in the plumbing parts for free. The flooring guy gave me a large remnant when he heard it was for “the good sisters.”
It took about two days, and a little help from The Editor, but we were able to replace the floor, cover it with a very nice sheet-vinyl, rebuild and reseat the toilet.
Shortly after New Year’s I received a thank you card from Sister J. whose bathroom we had repaired. She said some very nice things about the repair and added, “I’ll pray for you every time I’m in there.”
Considering that she was in her late 70s at the time, I figured she was in there a lot, and I told The Editor:
“When I get to Heaven, I’m getting a corner room with cable!”
This post is part of Linda G. Hill’s fun weekly series One-Liner Wednesday. If you have a one-liner, If you would like to join in on the fun, you can follow this link to participate and to see the one-liners from the other participants.